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Gretchen Johnson

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Afghanistan: Reconstruction and Revival

Afghan Ambassador to Speak at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Teaneck, NJ (January 29, 2003)--Afghanistanís ambassador to the United Nations will speak on "Afghanistan: Reconstruction and Revival" at Fairleigh Dickinson University on February 12, 2003.

Ambassador Ravan Farhadi has been Afghanistanís permanent representative to the U.N. since 1993. An international scholar with a long history of diplomatic service, he entered the Foreign Ministry in 1955 and was appointed first secretary at the Afghan embassy in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1958; counselor in Washington, D.C., in 1962; and ambassador in Paris in 1973. He also has served as the Foreign Ministryís director general for political affairs, secretary to the cabinet and deputy minister for political affairs.

Ambassador Farhadi holds a doctorate in Indo-Iranian philology and has held such academic positions as lecturer in History of Political Thought at the School of Law and Political Science at the University of Kabul, Afghanistan; associate professor at the University of Paris (Pantheon-Sorbonne); professor at the Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and visiting fellow at A.N.U., Canberra, Australia. He also has taught at the Department of Near East Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

The Afghan ambassadorís appearance will be the first in Fairleigh Dickinsonís spring 2003 UN Pathways Lecture Series, presented by the Ambassadorís Club at the United Nations. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. It will be held in Room 105, Muscarelle Center, on Fairleigh Dickinsonís Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, N.J. For further information, call 201-692-7362.


To download a photograph of Ambassador Farhadi, go to Farhadi photo link

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